If you’ve ever tried to transfer files between your PC and your mobile devices, you should be pretty familiar with the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification showing up on your mobile phones.
Now it’s possible that over time, you haven’t really continued seeing that notification, and it gets you worried as you’re either not sure that the cord is working fine, that it’s charging, or that it’s even able to transfer the files you’d like. So this article will discuss reasons why you’re probably not seeing the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification and working tips to either have it start showing again or use it without the said notifications.
Charging This Device Via USB Notification Not Showing – Fixes
Things like having the Developer Options enabled, or disabled, the USB cord, or simply carrying out a software update on your mobile device can make the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification not appear when you connect your mobile phone to a PC. So I’ll be recommending that you scan through these fixes we’ll be sharing, as one or more of them could be why you’re unable to see the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification.
1. Enable or disable developer mode
I will recommend that you try enabling the developer mode or at least disabling it if it’s already enabled when you stop seeing this notification.
To enable the developer mode on your android device, go to the Settings app >> scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on About Phone >> look for Build Number and tap on it 7 times. You’d generally see a popup on the screen that shows, “You’re a developer now.”
Now you have to go to Settings >> Advanced (or System & updates for Huawei and Vivo phones >> Developer Options >> Default USB configurations (or Select USB configuration.
Here you will see what options are available, but since you’re not getting the “Charging This Device Via USB” notification and your device just starts charging when you connect a cord, chances are that what you have here is charging. You just have to select any of the File Transfer options (that’s if your phone has multiple file transfer options) like in the picture below.
After selecting the option you want, you can restart your mobile device and see if that fixes the issue. If it doesn’t, here is something else I will recommend.
2. Changing the Cables
In some cases, we’ve had a device fixed and gotten it working by just swapping out your USB cord. In our cases, we were using the USB charging cord that came with our Samsung device, and simply getting an Amazon Charging cord and using it allowed us to see the notification again.
If you’re using the Type C to Type C USB cord (and this is especially true for people using Google Pixel 6 and older devices and anyone using a Samsung device, we recommend getting and using a USB-C to USB-A USB cord, and that should help with file transfers.
3. Try Sending Directly From Settings
If these don’t work, there are a few tricks you can try from your settings, depending on your phone brand and model, that can help to send the desired files via USB. To do this, go to Settings >> Connect to PC >> select the Default Connection Type >> select the USB or wired file transfer method, and you should be able to send whatever files you’d like.
Something else you can explore is going to Settings >> look for and tap on Connected Devices >> then select USB.
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Update/Install the Proper USB Driver
If you don’t have the correct drivers on your computer, you might be unable to send files via USB between devices. (But to be sure that this is the case, I will recommend trying another Android device with a different cord. If, after multiple changes, things don’t work, then we might check our drivers).
To do this, go to Start >> Control Panel >> click on System and Security >> then select System, click on Device Manager from the list on the left-hand side of the display >> look for Other Devices or Portable Devices and expand it >> generally, the driver will be having a yellow exclamation mark if there are any issues with it >> you just have to Right-click on the driver after which you just have to select Update Driver Software >> the next thing to do is to select Browse my Computer for Driver Software >> next select Let Me Pick a List of Device Drivers on My Computer >> Select MTP USB Device >> then select Next >> and as soon as your driver is updated, you should restart your PC and reconnect your device.
Use Samsung Kies or other USB/file transfer PC software
If you use a Samsung device, we recommend that you use the Samsung Kies software on your PC, install it, and should be able to transfer files. Since this software is available for Windows and Mac, you should be able to transfer files without all of the technicalities. I will also recommend you search your manufacturer’s websites to see if your mobile phone maker has an app that does something similar.